Arsenal Agree to €13 Million Thomas Vermaelen Deal

Paul SkerrettContributor IJune 7, 2009

I have received an email from another site stating that Arsenal have reportedly agreed to a deal to sign Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen in a deal thought to be worth about €13 million.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Belgian international in recent weeks and a media report now claims that the two clubs have agreed to a deal to transfer the player.

Dutch-language paper Het Laatste Nieuws, which is based in Brussels, reports that Arsenal and Ajax reached an agreement yesterday and that Vermaelen will now sign a four-year-deal at the Emirates.

The news is likely to please manager Arsene Wenger, who has admitted in recent weeks that strengthening his defence was a priority this summer.

Vermaelen, 23, joined the Dutch side in 2003 and has made almost 100 appearances for the club and has gone on to captain the side.

He is also an established international and has won over 20 caps for Belgium.